Calling all chocoholics! Get ready to satisfy your sweet tooth with the ultimate indulgence – double chocolate baked donuts! Picture a perfectly moist and fudgy donut, richly infused with cocoa and studded with decadent chocolate chips. And the best part? These irresistible treats are baked, not fried, making them a guilt-free indulgence.
Ingredients for the ultimate double chocolate baked donuts
To create the ultimate double chocolate baked donuts, you'll need the following ingredients:
- cocoa powder
- baking powder
- baking soda
- granulated sugar
- light brown sugar
- vanilla extract
- mini chocolate chips
Step-by-step instructions for making double chocolate baked donuts
- Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and grease a donut pan with non-stick cooking spray.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt until well combined.
3. In a separate large bowl, whisk together the granulated sugar, brown sugar, egg, milk, vegetable oil, and vanilla extract until smooth and creamy.
4. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until just combined. Be careful not to overmix, as this can result in dense donuts.
5. Stir in the hot water until the batter is smooth and well incorporated.
6. Gently fold in the dark chocolate chips, ensuring they are evenly distributed throughout the batter.
7. Spoon the batter into the prepared donut pan, filling each cavity about ⅔ full.
8. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a donut comes out clean.
9. Remove the donuts from the oven and let them cool in the pan for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.
Tips and tricks for achieving the perfect texture and flavor
To ensure a tender and moist texture, make sure not to overmix the batter. Overmixing can result in dense and rubbery donuts.
- Use room temperature ingredients for better incorporation and a smoother batter.
- If you don't have a donut pan, you can use a muffin pan instead. Simply spoon the batter into the muffin cavities and adjust the baking time accordingly. The donuts will have a slightly different shape, but they will still be incredibly delicious.
- For an extra indulgent twist, you can top the donuts with a rich chocolate glaze or sprinkle them with powdered sugar. The options are endless, so get creative!
- These double chocolate baked donuts are best enjoyed fresh, but they can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. To reheat, simply pop them in the microwave for a few seconds or warm them in a preheated oven.
- These are so good you can even make them up and freeze them, then pull them out when your chocolate craving hits. Which for me is quite often.
Variations and toppings for double chocolate baked donuts
While the classic double chocolate baked donut is undeniably delicious on its own, you can take it to the next level with a variety of toppings and flavor variations. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
Peanut butter swirl:
After spooning the batter into the donut pan, swirl in a spoonful of creamy peanut butter for a delightful peanut butter and chocolate combination.
Mint chocolate chip:
Fold in some chopped mint chocolate chips into the batter for a refreshing twist on the classic flavor.
Salted caramel drizzle:
Once the donuts are cooled, drizzle them with a luscious salted caramel sauce for an irresistible sweet and salty treat.
Whip up a simple raspberry glaze by blending fresh or frozen raspberries with powdered sugar. Drizzle it over the donuts for a burst of fruity goodness.
The possibilities are endless when it comes to customizing your double chocolate baked donuts. Get creative and experiment with different flavors and toppings to find your perfect combination.
Serving suggestions and pairing ideas
Double chocolate baked donuts are a treat on their own, but they also pair wonderfully with a cup of hot coffee or a cold glass of milk. The rich chocolate flavors of the donuts are beautifully complemented by the bitterness of coffee or the creaminess of milk. For a decadent dessert, serve the donuts with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of chocolate sauce. The contrast of warm and fudgy donuts with cold and creamy ice cream is simply divine. You can also serve them as a sweet addition to a brunch spread or as a special treat for a birthday celebration.
Frequently asked questions about double chocolate baked donuts
Can I substitute the all-purpose flour with a gluten-free flour blend?
Yes, you can use a gluten-free flour blend as a substitute for the all-purpose flour. Just make sure it is a 1:1 ratio and follow the rest of the recipe as directed.
Can I use white chocolate chips instead of mini chocolate chips?
Absolutely! White chocolate chips can be a delicious alternative to dark chocolate chips. They will add a sweeter and creamier flavor to the donuts.
Can I freeze the chocolate baked donuts for later?
Yes, you can freeze the double chocolate baked donuts for up to 2 months. Simply let them cool completely, place them in an airtight container, and freeze. To thaw, leave them at room temperature or warm them in a preheated oven.
Can I use a different type of oil in the recipe?
Yes, you can use vegetable oil, canola oil, or melted coconut oil as a substitute for the vegetable oil in the recipe. Just keep in mind that different oils may alter the flavor slightly.
Eat more donuts!
If you love donuts, there are plenty of fun variations. We have some delicious carrot cake donuts, chocolate toffee donuts (these are amazing!!) and even glazed grilled donuts made with minimal ingredients!
Double Chocolate Baked Donuts
- silicone donut pan or mini muffin pan
- 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
- ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 whole egg
- ½ cup milk
- ¼ cup vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup hot water
- 1 cup mini chocolate chips
- Combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl and set aside. In a separate bowl, whisk together the granulated sugar, brown sugar, egg, milk, vegetable oil, and vanilla extract until well combined. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until just combined. Stir in the hot water until the batter is smooth and well incorporated. Finally, fold in the dark chocolate chips for an extra burst of chocolatey goodness.